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Living Locally

Bite is Inglewood’s community hub and grocery store

July 18, 2018

When Bite first opened in Inglewood, it was a tiny, independently-owned, boutique Italian specialty store. Now, more than a decade later, it’s become a modern community hub, eatery, and a massive grocery store specializing in locally-sourced and natural goods in addition to some specialty items.

“It’s kind of a funny story,” says Amy Buckman, Director of Special Projects. “The building we’re in now is the Atlantic Arts Building, owned by Jim Hill. He was in the oil and gas industry for years, and he wanted a way to give back to Calgary – as Calgary had treated him very well.”

“He built this property and put the Esker Art Foundation – Canada’s largest privately funded public art space – on the fourth floor, and all of the businesses in this building contribute to that legacy. Jim also bought Bite from its original owner after they moved into the space, and it’s operated as a community initiative.”

Amy explains that Jim wanted to use food as a vehicle to bring people together and connect, while also providing the practicality of a neighbourhood grocery store – something Inglewood didn’t have originally.

One of the things that makes Bite unique is that it’s an amalgamation of several food businesses all working together under one roof: a butcher, bakery, café, and a newly-opened restaurant called Bea’s Eatery.

Supporting local is extremely important to Bite. All its meat is sourced from Canada – chicken, beef and pork from Alberta, duck from Quebec, and fish from British Columbia. Bite is also a wholesaler itself, creating branded bakery, poultry, and seafood products – with more to come.

“It’s been a big part of our evolution,” Amy says.

Even though Bite itself is not solely comprised of imported Italian goods anymore, Amy says the establishment is still true to its Italian and European roots in the value it places on having fresh, delicious food available every day.

“It really is a community here.”


Visit Bite and its constituents any day of the week at 1023 9 Ave SE and take advantage of the free one-hour parking behind the building.
 Want to learn more about carrying Bite products? Email Amy to find out how.
Connect with Bite on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Check out Bite’s Sustainability Profile on the REAP website.

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Featured Event

Economics of Social Change | 5-course certificate program

May 23, 2018 - Nov. 20, 2018

Riddell Library & Learning Centre, MRU
4825 Richard Rd SW

Are you involved in a community change effort in your community?

Harness new tools in this 5-part workshop series designed for individuals passionate about community that are curious how to apply an economic lens to social issues. Grow your understanding of the connections between the local economy, community development and social change in areas such as food security, affordable housing and local job creation.

Workshops can be taken independently or completed in full to earn a certificate of completion. This workshop series is designed in partnership between the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University and Thrive.

Topics include:

The solutions economy - May 23, 2018, 2-5 p.m.

Communities around the world are looking to the local economy as a means of addressing growing social and environmental issues. This workshop will explore the history of how the economy has evolved and the growing imperative to build a new economy focused on local solutions to create social change.

The changing nature of business - June 20, 2018, 2-5 p.m.

There is a growing responsibility worldwide for business to go beyond financial return to shareholders to seek a greater community benefit that prioritizes people and place. As a result, new ways of doing business are emerging. This workshop will explore the changing nature of business and the role of social enterprise and cooperatives to address issues related to the energy transition (climate change), housing, food security, local job creation, gender equality and Reconciliation.

Strengthening systems for community economies - Sept 11, 2018, 2-5 p.m.

Building inclusive community economies often requires systems change to enable more community-based economic development. This workshop will explore the current opportunities to affect policy change towards a more just and equitable society for all. Learn how localizing spending and fostering community ownership build inclusive community economies.

Reconciliation and an inclusive economy - Oct 25, 2018, 2-5 p.m.

Faced with growing income inequality and stubbornly high levels of poverty in communities across Canada, Reconciliation offers a new perspective on building the local economy. In this workshop, learn how Indigenous worldview intersects with community-based economic development and the opportunities to build a shared understanding that creates jobs and builds communities.

Financing social change - Nov 20, 2018, 2-5 p.m.

Social change efforts that fail often lack the financial foresight needed to create the social benefit they are seeking. This workshop will explore what financing tools exist to support social change efforts from grassroots lending circles and local investment to the growing impact investing sector. Learn from fearless pioneers that have succeeded in creating sustainable large-scale community change through different financing solutions.

Guess what? Bursaries are available for individuals that have financial and/or travel barriers to attend. Simply email with BURSARY in the subject line, explain your interest in the program, how the program will support your community change efforts and your reason for applying for a bursary.

Please note: Workshop times and locations may change depending on feedback from participants.

Economics of Social Change is made possible thanks to financial support from United Way of Calgary and Area and Family and Community Support Services Calgary.
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